Friday, July 10, 2009

Bilingual Day: Do you agree?

In looking around the internet for information on bilingualism, I came across a few articles that made sense to me.

The first one, The Advantages of Bilingualism and of Raising Children Bilingual touches on many reasons why making a second language part of growing up is a natural thing in families and should be encouraged. This site has many refrences that would be useful to anyone even just thinking about teaching a second language in their home.

The second article, Benefits Spanish bilingual education is mainly geared towards choosing a daycare center in Brookline, MA. However, there are points in this article that are important to any parent thinking about raising their children bilingual.

One more site I encountered in this search was a site that may be of interest to homeschoolers. This one, has a whole section on printable handouts for teaching Spanish. This is a subscription site costing $19.99 a year, but if you’re seriously wanting to teach your children Spanish (or German, Italian or French) as well as looking for supplemental materials for other subjects, this might be for you.

What do you think? I’d be interested to hear your opinions on bilingualism.

posted by Joy Delgado
We go Beyond Reading
Laughing Zebra – Books for Children
Check out what’s going on at the zoo!
Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa blog


Rena said...

I think it's wonderful to teach children another language. I was required to take foreign language in high school, but by that point, I don't think I was as open to it as I might have been had I been younger. There are many great programs out there that make learning foreign languages easy.

I have mixed feelings about it being forced in schools though. I have friends who have children in schools where the teacher says one thing in English and then repeats it in Spanish. The kids aren't leaning one language over the other and it's a time waster for many. So, my feelings on that are definitely mixed, rather than using the time to actually "teach" the language itself.

Anonymous said...

Most countries, especially in Europe, have very high rates of bilingualism in their population. It's good for business and tourism. America remains one of the remaining few countries that still doesn't take it seriously. Good thing we're working on it!